Choose Bathroom Flooring that Holds Up to Traffic
When you walk into your dream bathroom and look down at your feet, what do you see? Specifically, what kind of floors do you imagine yourself walking on every morning? These are questions we hope you’ve thought about, but if not, there’s no need to worry. The Bath Haus is equipped with a directory of contractors/service professionals and other resources to make the remodeling process as seamless as possible.
A Classic Choice for Bathrooms: Vinyl Floors
Vinyl is one of the most popular options for bathroom floors. There are two specific kinds: tile and sheet. Both styles are easy to install and are considered to be a sturdy flooring option for a modest price. One of the main differences between sheet and tile is tile has seams which allows water to seep in through the cracks. If you’re worried about water getting everywhere – a child’s bathroom – we might recommend going with vinyl sheeting because it’s more durable and doesn’t have seam issues.
Be Green with Linoleum Floors
Linoleum floors, both tile and sheeting, are eco friendly. This type of flooring is made from renewable, biodegradable material that is oil based. The oil repels water, making linoleum a great flooring option for your bathroom. However, linoleum tiles have more issues with seams, which allows water to seep in causing separation and warping. This type of flooring comes at a reasonable price and the material holds up well after a lot of use. A drawback with this style is it’s prone to stains, so we recommend a protective coat be put on in order to avoid this from happening.
Laminate Floors Fit Various Styles
Get the hardwood or tile look you’ve been yearning for with laminate flooring – and for the right price. This type of flooring is popular because of its various styles and versatile textures and colors. This type of bathroom flooring can withstand water, but it’s not recommended to let water sit on the floor for hours at risk of it seeping into the floorboards.
Add An Extra Sparkle with Glass or Glazed Floors
Glass or glazed tiles are a change of pace from your regular flooring options. With anti-slip coating, these tiles create great traction throughout the bathroom. The grout lines in these tiles add extra texture to your floor, which adds more traction. This type of tile holds up well with the every day traffic, an important characteristic in flooring.
Quarry Tiles: A Popular Bathroom Flooring Option
Have strong, sturdy, and wear-resistant bathroom floors when you install quarry tiles. Quarry tiles have a natural look that only gains character over time. This particular style has a rougher surface, making them slip-resistant. It’s important to note that if you have sensitive feet then these tiles might be a bit too rough for your feet. Keep in mind this type of tile needs to be treated about every two years to prevent staining from occurring, so make sure you discuss this with your bathroom remodeling or flooring contractor.
Pamper Yourself with Ceramic Tiles
All the fancy houses on TV and in designer magazines have this type of tile – ceramic – so we know you’ve secretly wished for it too! This tile is known for being durable, water, and stain resistant. It’s important to remember polished stone can get slippery, so we recommend choosing a textured tile to gain more traction. Find a style of ceramic tile you love and pamper yourself and your new bathroom – you won’t regret it.
What Not To Do: The Two Worst Bathroom Floor Options
There are multiple options for bathroom floors, but there are two we recommend you stay away from. They’ve caused other people problems in the past and we want your bathroom remodel to be as painless as possible – we believe avoiding these two options will help.
The idea of hardwood floors sounds beautiful in a bathroom, we agree, but they’re not practical – at all. Wood flooring is a breathable material that moves with the environment it’s in, meaning water from the bathroom will eventually find its way into the wood’s cracks and crevices, causing the wood to warp and crack from excess moisture. This type of flooring would need constant care and water proofing in order to be feasible.
No carpet - this sounds obvious, right? Wrong. You would be surprised what people like to put in their bathrooms, but carpet is a definite no-go. Surprisingly enough, carpet used to be a popular bathroom flooring option in the 1950s and 60s. Carpet retains moisture causing it to always be damp, making mold and mildew a huge problem. Plus, who wants a bathroom that smells dank and musty all the time?